Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


The Metropolitan State University of Denver is governed by the Board of Trustees-Metropolitan State University of Denver. The members are appointed by the Governor of Colorado and approved by the Senate.

Board of Trustees

Date of First Appointment

Term Expires 

Russell Noles, M.B.A., Chair
Albus Brooks, M.B.A. 2019 2023
Emily Renwick Garnett, J.D. 2020 2023
Jerry Glick, B.S. 2023 2026
Kristin Hultquist, M.P.P. 2019 2023
TBD, Faculty Trustee 2023 2024
Michael Johnston, J.D. 2019 2023
Michael Kopp, J.D. 2020 2024
Olivia Mendoza, M.P.A, J.D. 2023 2023
Marissa Molina, B.A. 2019 2026
Jim Qualteri, B.S., Alumni Representative 2021 2024
Michael Warner, Student Trustee 2023 2024


Office of the President

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Administration/Chief Operating Officer Larry Sampler, M.A.
Chief of Staff Edward J. Brown Jr. M.B.A.
Presidential Faculty Fellow Graham Stefan Ignizio, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Marie T. Mora, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Michael Benitez, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer James Mejía, M.B.A., M.P.P.
Vice President for Student Affairs Will Simpkins, Ed.D.
Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation Christine Márquez-Hudson, M.N.M.
General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
David Fine, Esq.
Deputy General Counsel Nicholas Stancil, Esq.
Interim Executive Director, Office of Equal Opportunity Title IX & ADA Coordinator
Camille Torres, J.D.
Executive Director of HSI Initiatives and Inclusion Manuel Del Real, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics
Todd Thurman, M.Ed.
Director of Government Affairs Kaycee Gerhart, B.S.
Director of External Affairs Michael A. Ramsey, M.A.


University Communications and Marketing

Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications Andrea Smith, M.S.
Associate Vice President of Marketing and Brand Whei Wong-Howerton, M.P.A.
Executive Director of Communications John Arnold, B.S.
Director of Digital Marketing and Content Strategy Michelle Britt, M.B.A.
Director of Media Relations Tim Carroll, B.S., APR



Chief Strategy Officer James Mejía, M.B.A., M.P.P.
Director of Strategy Meredith Jeffers, Ph.D.
Interim Director of Data and Analytics Kelsey Smith, M.A.
Sr. Director for Strategic Infrastructure & Development Vacant



Academic Affairs Division

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Marie T. Mora, Ph.D.
Interim Deputy Provost Shaun T. Schafer, Ph.D.
President, Council of Chairs and Directors Elizabeth Ribble, Ph.D.
President, Faculty Senate Elizabeth Goodnick, Ph.D.
Budget Director Neilsun Valenski, M.S.

Curriculum, Academic Effectiveness, and Policy Development

Associate Vice President of Curriculum, Academic Effectiveness, and Policy Development
Shaun T. Schafer, Ph.D.  
Director of Academic Program Review Lou Moss, M.A., PMP  
Director of Curriculum and Catalog Erica Buckland Anderson, M.P.A.  
Director of General Studies Todd Laugen, Ph.D.  

Faculty Affairs

Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs Catherine Kleier, Ph.D.  
Director of Faculty Affairs Sam Jay, Ph.D.  

Graduate Studies

Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies
Inge Wefes, Ph.D.
Director, Business and Financial Operations Chip Hagan, B.A.

Innovative and Lifelong Learning

Associate Vice President of Innovative and Lifelong Learning
Terry Bower, M.S.W.

Online Programs

Interim Associate Vice President of Online Programs Jeff Loats, Ph.D.

Sponsored Research and Programs

Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

Undergraduate Studies

Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies
Elizabeth Parmelee, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Services Hediyeh Arasteh, M.A.
Director of Advising Systems
Stephanie Allen, M.A.
Director of the Center for Individualized Learning
Sara Jackson Shumate, Ph.D.
Director of the Honors Program
Megan Hughes, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Office of International Studies
Akbarali Thobhani, Ph.D.
Faculty Director of Undergraduate Research Kristy Duran, Ph.D.
Co-Director of the One World One Water Center Nona Shipman, M.A.
ROTC Office Captain Nathaniel Wherley
Director of the Writing Center
Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Ph.D.


Administration, Finance and Facilities Division

Office of the Vice President for Administration, Finance and Facilities

Vice President for Administration/Chief Operating Officer Larry Sampler, M.A.
Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance
Jim Carpenter, M.P.P.
Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Administration
Leone Schulz, B.A
CIO/Associate Vice President Information Technology Services Kevin Taylor, M.B.A.
Director of Accounting Services
Liza Larsen, M.B.A, C.P.A.
Director of Budget
David Kribs, M.P.A.
Christina Nguyen
Director of Human Resources
Stacy Dvergsdal, B.A.
Deputy CIO Nick Pistentis, M.S.
Director of ITS Infrastructure Services and Chief Information Security Officer Michael Hart, B.S.
Director of Operations and Maintenance Sharon Lorince, M.B.A.
Director of Planning, Design, and Construction Joseph Schalk, M.P.A
President, Staff Senate Ruby Matheny, B.A.


Student Affairs Division

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs
Will Simpkins, Ed.D.
Chief of Staff to the Vice President of Student Affairs
Emily Willan, B.S.

Classroom to Career Hub

Associate Vice President of Classroom to Career Initiatives Adrienne Martinez, M.S.W.
Director of Faculty Engagement Alyssa Marks, M.S.W.
Director of Career Engagement
Bridgette Coble, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Industry Partnerships Maluwa Behringer, B.S.
Executive Director of Student Support and Retention Nahum Kisner, M.S.

Enrollment Management

Chief Enrollment Officer Long Huynh, D.B.A.
Executive Director of Admissions and Outreach Vaughn Toland, M.A.
Director of Admissions Internal Operations Marlynn Rocha-Vasquez, B.A.
Director of Enrollment Management Call Center Nick Grissom, B.A.
Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Kerline Eglaus, M.B.A.-H.R.M.
Director of Financial Aid Operations Yared Belete, M.S.T.
Director of Financial Aid Systems Michael Nguyen, B.S.
Director of Financial Aid Compliance Jennifer Helgeson, B.A.
Executive Director of Orientation, Transition, and Reengagement Megan Scherzberg, Ph.D.
Director, Orientation, Transition, and Retention John Babcock, M.Ed.
Director, Transfer and Adult Student Services Tiffani Baldwin, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions Amanda Ryder, M.B.A.
Registrar Connie Sanders, B.S.
Director of Testing Services Russell Reynolds, B.A.
Director of the Center for Urban Education and TRIO High School Upward Bound Janelle Henderson, B.A.

Student Engagement and Wellness

Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Wellness/Dean of Students Taylor Tackett, M.H.
Assistant Vice President for Equity and Student Engagement
Cynthia Baron, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Assistant Dean/Director of TRIO Student Support Services Loretta Wahl, M.S.S.
Director, Student Care Center Sonia Falcon, M.S.W.
Associate Dean of Student Accountability and Care Thomas Ragland, M.S.
Director of Campus Recreation
Diane Yee, M.S.
Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program Evelynn Guzman De Leon, M.Ed.
Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion
Thanh Nguyen, Ed.D.
Executive Director of the Counseling Center Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Health Center at Auraria Steve Monaco, M.S.
Director of the Immigrant Services Program Gregor Mieder, M.A.
Director of the LGBTQ Student Resource Center
Tyrell Allen, M.A.
Director of Veteran and Military Student Services Joe Foster, Ph.D.


University Advancement Division

Office of the Vice President for University Advancement

Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation
Christine Márquez-Hudson, M.N.M.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Assistant Vice President of Strategic Engagement
Jamie Hurst, J.D.
Associate Vice President for University Advancement
Shelley Thompson, M.A.
Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Megan Conklin, M.S.W.
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Executive Director of the Alumni Association Brandi Rideout, M.Ed.
Executive Director of Advancement Communications and Giving Breanne Milnes, M.S.Ed
Senior Director of Development Gwen Thompson, M.A.
Senior Director of Major Gifts Steve Galpern, M.A.
Senior Director of the Office of University Events Jessica Fernandez, B.A.
Director of Donor Relations Traci McBee Rowe, M.N.M.
Director of Advancement Services Michelle Downer, M.L.I.S.
Director of Prospect Management and Analytics Caitlin Hoppel, B.B.A.
Director of Development Allyssa Joseph, B.A.
Director of Development, Foundation Relations Amanda Malachowski, M.A.M.
Director of Marketing and Communications Andrew Schlichting, M.Ed.
Director of Development Jacques Swanepoel, M.S.
Director of Development, Corporate Relations Zacary Tardiff, M.B.A.


Academic Administrators

College of Aerospace, Computing, Engineering, and Design

Jeffrey Newcomer, PH.D.
Associate Dean
Director, Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences
Mark Yoss, B.S
Chair, Aviation and Aerospace Science
Jeffrey Forrest, Ph.D.
Chair, Computer Sciences
Steve Beaty, Ph.D.
Chair, Engineering and Engineering Technology
Fred Barlow, Ph.D.
Chair, Industrial Design
Jinseup (Ted) Shin, M.F.A.
Director of the Cybersecurity Center Richard Mac Namee, MCGI

College of Business

Ann B. Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Ethan Waples, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean Pamela Packer, M.S.
Chair, Accounting
Gregory Clifton, J.D.
Chair, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics
Abel Moreno, Ph.D.
Chair, Economics
Alexandre Padilla, Ph.D.
Chair, Finance
Paul Camp, Ph.D.
Chair, Management
Debora Gilliard, Ph.D.
Chair, Marketing
Sally Baalbaki-Yassine, Ph.D.

College of Health and Human Sciences

Dean Hope Szypulski, DNP
Interim Associate Dean Kathy Heyl, M.S., R.D.N.
Associate Dean Joanne Bailey, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Rebecca Trammell, Ph.D.
Chair, Criminal Justice and Criminology Andrea Borrego, Ph.D.
Director of Development and Partnerships, Health Institute Emily Matuszewicz, D.C.
Chair, Exercise and Sport Sciences Chad Harris, Ph.D.
Chair, Health Professions Kevin Zeiler, J.D.
Chair, Human Services and Counseling Tricia Hudson-Matthew, Ph.D.
Chair, Nursing Theresa Buxton, Ph.D.
Chair, Nutrition Rachel Sinley, Ph.D.
Chair, Social Work Jessica Retrum, Ph.D.
Chair, Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Jessica Rossi-Katz, Ph.D.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

John Masserini, D.M.A.
Associate Dean
Ibon Izurieta, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Ting Jiang, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Daniel Lair, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean Sheryl Zajdowicz, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Africana Studies
John Masserini, D.M.A.
Chair, Art
Deanne Pytlinksi, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Biology
Jennifer Gagliardi-Seeley, Ph.D.
Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Andrew Bonham, Ph.D.
Chair, Chicano Studies
Adriana Nieto, Ph.D.
Chair, Communication Studies
Katia Campbell, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Ford Lux, Ph.D.
Chair, English
Andreas Mueller, Ph.D.
Chair, History
Matthew Makley, Ph.D.
Chair, Journalism and Media Production Christopher Jennings, Ph.D.
Chair, Mathematics and Statistics
Elizabeth McClellan Ribble, Ph.D.
Chair, World Languages
Maria Akrabova, Ph.D.
Chair, Music
Brandon Matthews, Ph.D.
Chair, Philosophy
Caleb Cohoe, Ph.D.
Chair, Physics
Ford Lux, Ph.D.
Chair, Political Science
Robert Preuhs, Ph.D.
Chair, Psychological Sciences
Lisa Badanes, Ph.D.
Chair, Sociology and Anthropology
Nicholas Recker, Ph.D.
Chair, Theatre and Dance
Jacob Welch, M.F.A.
Director of the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy
Anahi Russo Garrido, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Advanced STEM Education
Hsiu-Ping Liu, Ph.D.
Director of the First Year Writing
Jessica Parker, Ph.D.
Director of the Family Literacy Program
Adriann Wycoff, Ph.D.
Director of the Writing Center
Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Ph.D.

School of Education

Elizabeth Hinde, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Lisa Altemueller, Ed.D.
Chair, Elementary Education and Literacy
Corey Sell, Ph.D.
Chair, Secondary, K-12, and Educational Technology
Roland Schendel, Ph.D.
Chair, Special Education, Early Childhood and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Education
Kathy Whitmore, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Programs Brittany Lane, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Bryan Bohanan, Ed.D.
Director, Office of Education Solutions Christine Muldoon, Ed.D.
Director, Alternative Licensure Program Stephanie Cavallaro

School of Hospitality

Interim Dean Annie Butler, Ph.D.
Chair, Rita and Navin Dimond Department of Hotel Management Eric Olson, Ph.D
Director of Student Services and Operations Jimi Webb, B.A.


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